Tom Landry


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Original Name Thomas Wade Landry
Mission, Hidalgo County, Texas, USA
Death 12 Feb 2000 (aged 75)
Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA
Burial Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 8505 View Source

Hall of Fame Professional Football Coach. A native of Texas, he served during World War II as a bomber pilot with the 493rd Bomber Group - 860th Bomber Squadron. He flew 30 missions. After the war he attended the University of Texas. In 1949 he played for the New York Yankees in the old All-America Conference. That league folded and Landry played for the New York Giants from 1950 through 1955, the last two years as a player coach. He is credited with inventing the 4-3 defense which is most used in football today. In 1960 he became the first coach of the expansion Dallas Cowboys, a team that he would coach for 29 years, during which won 13 division titles and he took the team to 5 Super Bowls, winning 2. On at least 2 other occasions he missed going to the Super Bowl on the last play of the decided game. He was known as a defensive genius and under his coaching the Cowboys always had a great defense. He started out with seven losing seasons in Dallas, but wound up his career with a record of 270-178-6. Member of the pro football Hall of Fame.

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  • Added: 21 Feb 2000
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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Tom Landry (11 Sep 1924–12 Feb 2000), Find a Grave Memorial ID 8505, citing Sparkman Hillcrest Memorial Park, Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Find a Grave .